Friday, June 28, 2013

The Art of the Brick Exhibit at Discovery Times Square #ArtOfTheBrick @DiscoveryTS

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Visit the Art of the Brick Exhibit at Discovery Times Square in New York City
  • Features the Art of Nathan Sawaya
  • All of the Pieces are Created Using LEGO® Bricks
  • Enjoy Several Rooms With Different Themes
  • Each Piece Includes a Short Description and Brick Count
  • Discovery Times Square is on West 44th St. (Between 7th and 8th Aves)
  • For More Information Visit the Website or Call 866.987.9692
  • Special Group Rates are Available - Email: groupinfo@tsxnyc.com
  • Ticket Prices: Adult $19.50, Seniors 65+ $16.50, Child 4-12yrs $14.50 (plus taxes and fees)
  • Summer Exhibit Hours (7/1/13 - 8/31/13) Monday - Sunday: 10:00AM - 9:00PM 
  • Each Day's Final Entry is One Hour Prior to Closing
  • No Food, Drink, or Photography is Permitted
Art of the Brick Exhibit
Nathan Sawaya was once a corporate lawyer working at a Park Avenue firm  in New York.  Since my husband works in the corporate department at a Park Avenue Firm, I am familiar with the stress that breeds in that work environment.  My husband likes to come home and play his bass guitar or throw darts.  Nathan Sawaya would unwind in the evenings with LEGO® Bricks.

His love of the little plastic bricks began when he was five, and much like my own boys, he collected quite a few over the years.  He now has about 2 and a half million of them in his New York and Los Angeles Studios, and he uses them to make amazing art.

Here is Boy Two with one of the human sculptures.  Isn't that impressive?

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Before we admired the art work, we were treated to a short video. I enjoyed watching as Mr. Sawaya told a little bit of his story.  He is a warm encouraging man, and funny, too!

In addition to the cool art - he shares some of his lovely thoughts.  This really personalizes the exhibit.

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Some of his work reflects famous art - like this version of Edvard Munch's "The Scream".

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We enjoyed Starry Night, The Mona Lisa, American Gothic, and more.

Those are all fun, and they were some of the first works we saw.  Even more impressive were his original ideas. The piece below depicts his nightmare.  (Notice that the hands have fallen off and are piles of bricks on the floor)

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I felt so many moods as we walked from room to room.  There were bright and cheery displays, thought provoking sculptures, and fun portrayals of everyday objects.  He also shows some LEGO art done by kids that he has inspired. What a very nice thing to do!

Here is an interview that aired on CBS This Morning which will introduce you to the art and the artist:



Thankfully, the pieces are all glued together so the host doesn't need to worry.

If you think the art is impressive on video, wait until you see it in person!  It is quite something to see each creation in person.  The descriptions and the commentary makes it even better.  Standing next to the life sized T-Rex was amazing.

Before the guests leave, there is one final (and very cool) thing to see.

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All are invited to put their name or a message on a brick that will be used in a future sculpture when the show closes.  Here is a little piece of the collection so far.

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I can only imagine how many there will be when the exhibit closes in March!

Discovery Times Square
We have been to quite a few attractions at Discovery Times Square, and we are never disappointed.  They find such interesting things to show us!  There are usually at least two shows running at a time, and the venue is right where everybody wants to be when they visit New York City.

The experience is always educational and allows us to get very close to amazing art or artifacts.  Some that we have enjoyed in the past include Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, Leonardo Da Vinci's Workshop, King Tut, Pompeii: The Exhibit, Harry Potter: The Exhibition, Dead Sea Scrolls: The Exhibition, and Terracotta Warriors: Defenders of China’s First Emperor.

The other shows currently running are Bodies and ShipWreck.

To keep up with what is showing or get tickets, visit the website.  You can also like the Facebook page or follow on Twitter.   In addition to getting the latest news, fans and followers get information on special deals and ticket giveaways.

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I was given admission to the show in exchange for an honest review - I am not affiliated with the artist or the venue and I do not accept payment for my reviews.